AN ANALYSIS OF THE 25 LARGEST PRESIDENTIAL MEMORIALS IN THE U.S


Some structures, foundations, and scholarship grants are named after U.S. presidents to continue their legacies or serve as a permanent remembrance of the leaders. Upon searching for the largest presidential memorials in the U.S., here is what we found out:


Table of Contents


RankPresidential MemorialArea (in acres)LocationYear built
1Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park1571.00Texas1914
2Mount Rushmore National Memorial1278.00Pennington County, South Dakota1927
3Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage1120.00Davidson County, Tennessee1835
4Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site800.00New York1800
5Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site732.75Gillespie County, Texas1965
6Eisenhower National Historic Site690.50Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania1950
7George Washington’s Mount Vernon500.00Fairfax County, Virginia1758
8Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park344.50LaRue County, Kentucky1916
9George Bush Center for Intelligence258.00Fairfax County, Virginia1961
10Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial200.00Indiana1816
11Washington Monument State Park191.00Maryland1934
12Martin Van Buren National Historic Site125.00Columbia County, New York1797
13Washington Monument106.01Washington D.C.1848
14Theodore Roosevelt Island88.50Washington D.C.1932
15Sagamore Hill National Historic Site83.02New York1884
16McKinley National Memorial22.00Ohio1907
17Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac17.00Washington D.C.1973
18Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum14.00Texas1971
19Franklin Pierce Homestead13.00New Hampshire1804
20Lincoln Home National Historic Site12.24Illinois1971
21Harry S. Truman National Historic Site10.49Missouri1983
22President James Buchanan’s Wheatland10.00Lancaster County, Pennsylvania1828
23John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum10.00Massachusetts1979
24Adams National Historical Park8.50Massachusetts1788
25Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial7.50Washington D.C.1997

Analysis In Terms of Area

Three out of 25 U.S. presidential memorials are over 1000 acres. Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage sits on the third spot with 1120 acres; Mount Rushmore National Memorial ranks second largest with 1278 acres, and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park hits the top spot with 1571 acres. 

On the fourth to seventh spot are 800-500 acre presidential memorials: Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, Eisenhower National Historic Site, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Ranked eighth to 13th are U.S. presidential memorials over 100 acres to 350 acres. It includes Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park with 344.50 acres and the CIA headquarters George Bush Center for Intelligence on the 9th spot with 258 acres. The most popular memorial dedicated to President Washington is also in this group – the 106-acre Washington Monument. It is also the world’s tallest obelisk, as reported by Wikipedia. 

Washington Monument (1848) – Image source: Wikipedia/Jmarcosny

The last group includes presidential memorials below 100 acres, landing on the 14th to the 25th spot. That’s 12 out of 25 memorials below 100 acres, but that is still huge. Some of them include Theodore Roosevelt Island in Washington D.C. (88.50 acres), Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Texas (14 acres), and Harry S. Truman National Historic Site in Missouri (10.49 acres). In addition, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C. gets the last spot of the top 25 with 7.50 acres.


US Presidents with the Largest Memorials

Five out of 25 of the most prominent presidential memorials on our list are dedicated to Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. Two are named after the First President of the U.S. – George Washington; four are after President Theodore Roosevelt, and two for President Abraham Lincoln. Moreover, Roosevelt, Lincoln, and Washington are also carved in Mount Rushmore and President Thomas Jefferson.


Locations of the Largest US Presidential Memorials

Four out of 25 of the largest U.S. presidential memorials are in Washington D.C, the federal capital city of the United States. These are the Washington Monument in National Mall, Theodore Roosevelt Island in the Potomac River, Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

On the other hand, three of the largest memorials are in Texas – all of which are dedicated to President Lyndon B. Johnson, including the most prominent memorial on our list, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Similarly, three are also in New York – the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, and Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Our list’s other largest presidential memorials are found in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. 


Earliest Built Presidential Memorials

Three out of 25 of the largest memorials were built as early as the 1700s. These include George Washington’s Mount Vernon (1758), Adams National Historical Park (1788), and Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (1797). Seven were built in the 1800s, while most were established from the 1900s to the late 90s. The last built presidential memorial on our list is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in 1997.


Most Visited Presidential Memorials

According to Wikipedia, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, built in 1997, received over 3.2 million visitors last 2018, making it the most visited largest presidential memorial on our list. It is followed by Mount Rushmore National Memorial, with more than two million visitors in 2020. 


Governing body

The National Park Service (NPS) manages national monuments and all national parks in the United States. Among our top 25 largest presidential memorials, nine are officially under NPS. Others are maintained by private agencies or are affiliated with NPS, which provides technical or financial assistance to them. 


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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_memorials_in_the_United_States

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Monument

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Park_Service

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